No. 1 Ranked Golfers Since 1986

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Bernhard Langer

Bernhard LangerTotal Weeks at No. 1: 3Langer was the first No. 1 player when the rankings debuted in 1986. The two-time Masters champion's reign was brief, but it helped to establish him as one of the top players of his generation.
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Seve Ballesteros

Seve BallesterosTotal Weeks at No. 1: 61The dashing Spaniard won six times in 1986 to begin his time atop the rankings. Ballesteros would amass five majors by the time he finished his run at No. 1 on Aug. 13, 1989.
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Greg Norman

Greg NormanTotal Weeks at No. 1: 331Before Tiger Woods came along, The Shark was the king of the world rankings. Despite only winning two majors in his career, Norman spent much of the 1990s in the No. 1 spot.
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Nick Faldo

Nick FaldoTotal Weeks at No. 1: 97Sir Nick won six majors, so it's a little surprising his reign at No. 1 didn't last longer than 97 weeks. But from July 19, 1992 to Jan. 30, 1994, Faldo spent 81 consecutive weeks at the top of the world rankings.
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Ian Woosnam

Ian WoosnamTotal Weeks at No. 1: 50Woosnam took over the No. 1 ranking after winning the 1991 Masters, and the 29-time European Tour winner stayed there for 50 straight weeks.
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Fred Couples

Fred CouplesTotal Weeks at No. 1: 16The first American to be ranked No. 1, Couples took over the top spot after winning the 1992 Masters.
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Nick Price

Nick PriceTotal Weeks at No. 1: 44On the strength of winning three majors in two years and four PGA Tour titles in 1994, Price spent 44 consecutive weeks at No. 1.
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Tom Lehman

Tom LehmanTotal Weeks at No. 1: 1Lehman got to No. 1 mostly due to his success in 1996, when he won the British Open and the Tour Championship on his way to 13 top 10s.
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Tiger Woods

Tiger WoodsTotal Weeks at No. 1: 623Woods first became the No. 1 player in the world after finishing T19 at the 1997 U.S. Open. By then Woods had already won three times that year, including his first green jacket at Augusta. Twice in his reign Woods would hold the No. 1 spot for more than 200 consecutive weeks.
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Ernie Els

Ernie ElsTotal Weeks at No. 1:: 9A week after winning his second U.S. Open title in 1997, Els won the Buick Open and took over the No. 1 ranking for the first time.
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David Duval

David DuvalTotal Weeks at No. 1: 15As he continues to struggle, it's easy to forget Duval was once the best player in the world. In 1999, Duval already had four wins — including the Players Championship — before the Masters. He would take over the top spot on March 28.
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Vijay Singh

Vijay SinghTotal Weeks at No. 1: 32Three weeks removed from winning his third major title at the 2004 PGA Championship, Singh overtook Tiger Woods at No. 1 by winning the Duetsche Bank Championship. Singh would add two more titles that year, capping off one of the greatest seasons in history with nine wins and almost $11 million in earnings.
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Lee Westwood

Lee WestwoodTotal Weeks at No. 1: 22Westwood didn't capture his first major in 2010, but he won in Memphis and recorded seven top-five finishes. That success, and Woods's struggles, put Westwood on top on Nov. 1, 2010, ending a 283-week run for Woods.
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Martin Kaymer

Martin KaymerTotal Weeks at No. 1: 8:The second German to reach No. 1, Kaymer won the 2010 PGA Championship and then won his next two starts on the European Tour. He took the No. 1 spot after reaching the final at the 2011 Match Play Championship, then lost the ranking to Westwood on April 24, 2011.
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Luke Donald

Luke DonaldTotal Weeks in first stint at No. 1: 40 (Currently holds No. 1 ranking for second time)Donald took over the No. 1 ranking from Westwood on May 29, 2011. He went on to have one of the greatest seasons in history, as he became the first player to win the money title on both the PGA and European Tours in the same season. He surrendered the ranking to Rory McIlroy (see next slide) on March 4 of this year but reclaimed it by winning the 2012 Transitions Championship on March 18 in a four-way playoff.
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Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroyTotal Weeks at No. 1: 2McIlroy took over the No. 1 ranking win his victory at the 2012 Honda Classic. At age 22, he became the second-youngest player to rise to the top spot, behind only Tiger Woods, who was 21 when he first reached No. 1 in 1997. He surrendered the ranking back to Donald after the Englishman won the 2012 Transitions Championship.
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Adam Scott

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Jordan Spieth

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